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What is a Paragraph?
• A paragraph is a group of sentences that
tells about one subject or area.
• Each sentence in a paragraph must give
information about the topic
Reasons to Write a Paragraph
1. Describe something
2. Tell a story
3. Explain something
4. To Persuade
Parts of a Paragraph
Topic Sentence: States the main idea of the paragraph. It tells
the reader what the paragraph will be about. A good topic sentence
does two things: 1. It names a subject 2.) It give the focus or main
Ex: Subject: Egypt
Main Focus: Religion
Ex: Subject: Egyptian Religion Main Focus: Gods
Closing Statement: Sums up the paragraph’s message. It
Sentences that are connected to
the main idea. They include information or details the reader needs in
order to understand the topic. Sentences should be ordered in the best
possible order. 3 main ways to do this is either by time, location or
reminds the readers of the topic.
The ancient Egyptians believed in many different gods
and goddesses and each one had their own role to play in
maintaining peace and harmony across the land. Some gods
and goddesses took part in creation. Other gods and goddesses
brought the flood every year. Some offered protection, and
some took care of people after they died. Egyptians had local
gods who represented towns, and minor gods who represented
plants or animals. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was
important to recognize and worship these gods and
goddesses so that life continued smoothly.
Think of a good topic sentence
for this set of details.
• Penguin Moms lay the eggs and afterwards leave to
get food for 2months.
• Penguin dads incubate the egg until it hatches.
• They take turns caring for their chick and feeding in
• Once the egg hatches, The young stay sheltered in
the pouch of the mother while the father brings food.
Student Examples of Topic
• Mother and father penguins both take care
of their young.
• Mother and father penguins play a very
important role in raising their young.
• Penguin mom and dads are very good
• Penguin parents are very protective of their
young and I will show you how.
• Topic Sentence:
Arizona has been thinking about extending
the school year from May to June, but I
think that they should not extend the school
What are some details
you would expect to
see in this paragraph.
• Some details in this paragraph might be
– Why Arizona is extending the school year
– When they plan to extend the school year
– Reasons why it is a bad idea
Think of a Closing Statement for
Egypt is most famous for their pyramids. There are
over 100 pyramids in Egypt but that information is
unknown to many people. The most popular and well
known pyramids are the Pyramids of Giza. They are
located in Cairo. Pyramids were tombs for pharaohs. To
complete the pyramids, workers hauled and lifted millions
of limestone blocks that weighed an average of 2 and 1/2
tons each. They didn’t have iron tools or wheeled vehicles.
The workers carried each stone by hand, pulled them on
sleds, and lifted them up mud ramps to be placed on the
slowly rising structure.
Examples of Closing Statements
• Now we are glad that the Egyptians worked so
hard so that we can admire the beauty.
• The pyramids have been standing in Egypt for a
long time, and they still stand for people to see.
• You can see why the Egyptian would be proud of
all this hard work.
• We hope that someday scientist will be bale to
figure out how Egyptians built these ancient
• Help your paragraphs flow together. They
link ideas so that they relate to one another
in the same way
as a result
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